Joe Biden speaks during a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 1:31 PM PT – Thursday, June 3, 2021
In Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday, Joe Biden claimed white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the U.S. On the 100th anniversary of the 1921 race massacre in Greenwood, the Democrat announced the White House is currently laying out a strategy to counter domestic terrorism.
During his speech, Biden compared the Tulsa race massacre to the 2017 clash between protesters in Charlottesville. He suggested racism doesn’t go away and instead, only hides. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf relayed a similar statement to members of Congress in September 2020.
A mother holds her daughter as she reads a sign, before the arrival Joe Biden, in the Greenwood district on the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
“What happened in Greenwood was an act of hate and domestic terrorism, with a through-line that exists today,” Biden stated. “Just close your eyes and remember what you saw in Charlottesville four years ago on television.”
He went on to downplay the threat presented by jihadist militants aligned with ISIS and Al-Qaeda, saying the threats from the Middle East do not compare to those presented by white supremacy.
Meanwhile, a 2020 report prepared by the United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team projected that two-thirds of the 40,000 foreign fighters who joined ISIS over the past six years, may still be alive and active.